Fiona & Richard were married in London earlier this year, and it was fabulous, understated, and just a bit stylish.
A Friday evening gathering was hosted at Tate Modern, followed the next day by the ceremony, food and dancing at Wilton's Music Hall. The oldest music hall in the world, I'm told. Without doubt, one the coolest places I've shot a wedding. The (purposeful) part renovation really makes it feel as though you'd stepped back in time when you walk through the doors.
I was also told, on numerous occasions, that Richard was a keen and very excellent photographer. No pressure there then....... But, given what I had to work with, I couldn't really do any wrong.
It all just worked, perfectly!
It's not often that as a photographer you are given an order of service and told to join in. Well, the Vicar of Madderty Church insisted. I can't say that I sang very well but I certainly did it with gusto.
Coco & Cammy were married in Madderty Church, Crieff and then spent the rest of the day back at the Morgan family home laughing, drinking and dancing with their family & friends. It was ace, and hectic and hilarious, and did I mention dancing, lots of dancing.
Apart from the smooth jazz band and the late nigh rock n roll band, the father of the groom is in a ceilidh band. I'm still a bit baffled as to how a marquee full of people instantaneously knew what to do and didn't break any bones whilst hurling each other around in such a small space. I escaped with minor cuts and bruises, but I'd go back and do it again in a heartbeat.
Cheers Coco & Cammy, it was a blast!
When I got the email from Lauren saying that herself and Brian were living in New York and were returning to Ireland to get married my first thought was, it's a pity that it wasn't the other way around.
After my disappointment had subsided and a couple of emails and phone calls were behind us I forgave them for their inconsiderate wedding destination decision and was looking forward to heading off to Sneem, on the west coast of Ireland, to document their wedding.
My girlfriend and I decided to make a week of it, travelling around Ireland seeing some sights and meeting up with friends. We went to Dublin, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher (it was too foggy to see anything), Killarney National Park and down to Sneem for the wedding and then back over to Wicklow on the east coast to meet up with the very sexy Eric of Savo Photography. (Who made me drink a bottle of whisky. The ferry home the next day was torture)
All of our galavanting was great but the wedding was something special.
Lauren & Brian are two of the most warm and welcoming people I've ever met. The place they had chosen for their wedding was beautiful and their family and friends were just cool, in every sense of the word.
From the dress ironing fiasco to the love that Lauren & Brian have for each other to the hilarious speeches to drinking and dancing, it was nothing less than perfect.
Thanks guys, it was a blast.
Some photographs just seem to make themselves, and I'm just happy to have been there.
I've documented so many great weddings this year already it'd be hard to say which was my favourite.
I think that this wedding has just nudged into first place.
Anna & Ben are cool - even though it was 35º and barely a cloud in the sky - laid back and two of the nicest people I've ever met. Their families and friends were warm and welcoming and I truly could have been a guest.
From the subtlety of Anna's Wedding Dress to the endless entertainment the detail shone through to produce one hell of a party, and their guests certainly stepped up to the challenge.
If you're a football or music fan you're probably going to spot some familiar faces too.
Jolly good show.
the dress - motasem.co.uk
the banjo guy - muttonchops.org
the brass band - newyorkbrassband.co.uk